A woman who left her SUV running with its doors unlocked while she stepped inside the market at a Chevron gas station Wednesday morning returned to find her car being driven away by strangers, Petaluma police said.
The incident occurred at 4:49 a.m. at the Chevron on Petaluma Boulevard North. The victim left her black 1998 Ford Explorer unattended for about two minutes while she was in the store, officers said in a press release.
Two people in a Honda then drove up alongside the Explorer, according to a witness, officers said. A man stepped out of the driver's seat of the Honda, got behind the wheel of the Explorer and drove it away, while a woman got out of the passenger side of the Honda and drove that vehicle away.
The suspects were described as a white man in his mid-40s with a dark goatee, standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans; and a white woman in her 20s, standing about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 125 pounds, with black shoulder-length hair, wearing pajama bottoms with distinctive vertical stripes.
The license plate of the two-door Explorer was 4HXZ520. Anyone with information is asked to call Petaluma police at 778-4372.